Tory Councillor claims domestic violence policy a “war on men”
Posted on December 22, 2010
Thanks to Women’s Grid for this story on Portsmouth Tory Councillor James Williams:
A Tory councillor has vowed not to campaign for his party until it reverses a policy designed to combat domestic violence.
Portsmouth City Councillor James Williams announced he will not work for the Tories outside his own Nelson ward unless it withdraws the new ‘Go’ orders.
The orders give senior police officers on-the-spot rights to remove men suspected of committing acts of domestic abuse from their homes for 48 hours. Courts can then extend that to two weeks.
The policy was designed by the last Labour government, but is now being piloted in three areas of the UK by Home Secretary Theresa May. There is no equivalent policy aimed at women. Cllr Williams says the orders challenge freedom and are part of a feminist war on men.
‘As an elected Conservative councillor, I am ashamed Theresa May has chosen to adopt totalitarian methods in the ongoing war against men by the feminist movement,’ he said.
‘I shall not take part in any election campaign for the Conservatives outside my own ward until this vile sexist legislation is removed.’
He added: ‘This is a Stalinist policy and goes against everything I believe in as a Conservative.
‘I am in the party because I believe in freedom and fairness, and this policy is the opposite.
‘Domestic violence, both physical and emotional, is a very serious problem, but this policy gives police the power to act as judge and jury, kicking men out of their homes.
‘What if a woman alleges domestic abuse even if none has happened? It’s unfair that this policy will deprive men from seeing their children even if they’ve done nothing wrong.’
Nicki Youern, chief exec of YOU, which runs Portsmouth’s women’s refuge, said: ‘It’s a little early to make definite judgments on this policy.
‘We don’t know what effect it will have and it is only being piloted at the moment. But it may help to protect vulnerable women and children from violence.’
Councillor Donna Jones, chairwoman of Portsmouth North Conservative party, said: ‘He has told us his position and we have accepted it.’
Now it will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that Williams’ statement: “As an elected Conservative councillor, I am ashamed Theresa May has chosen to adopt totalitarian methods in the ongoing war against men by the feminist movement” kind of piqued my interest a bit.
And it will also come as no surprise that I then decided to do a bit of digging on Councillor James Williams.
Here’s what I found.
Williams states on his declaration of interest form for Portsmouth City Council that he has some level of involvement in:
He is the chair of the council’s Education, children and young people scrutiny panel.
He’s got a bug up his arse about domestic violence, and earlier this year submitted a freedom of information request to his own council asking how much money it has received for funding domestic violence initiatives, and asking for details on which organisations have received that money.
He presents a radio show on Express FM called Mens Matters [sic]. It’s a radio show that misogynists on sites such as The Rights of Man (no, I’m not linking) cannot praise enough.
Click here for December’s edition of Mens Matters, where Councillor James Williams, chair of Portsmouth City Council’s Education, children and young people scrutiny panel advertises on air the False Allegation Support Organisation, and where he waxes lyrical about domestic violence.
And click on the following link for his recent ‘ground-breaking’ ‘historic’ ‘anti-feminist’ broadcast, that was apparently based on documentaries produced by the misogynist Man, Woman and Myth (subtitle: Truth, Lies, and the War on Men) website (again, I’m not linking).
So, to sum up, Portsmouth Tory Councillor James Williams, the chair of Portsmouth City Council’s Education, children and young people scrutiny panel, who has vowed not to campaign for his party until it reverses a policy designed to combat domestic violence, is a poster boy for the UK men’s rights movement and a shill for misogynists up and down the land.
What a great guy.
And before anyone says “Oh, but maybe James Williams the MRA is a different James Williams from James Williams the Portsmouth councillor” – I rang Councillor Williams and he confirmed that yes, he is the James Williams who presents the radio show Mens Matters on Express FM.